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Democratic Party Chair Steps Down

The executive director of the West Virginia Democratic Party announced Thursday he's leaving his post. Derek Scarbro was appointed to the position back in 2009, but he's been part of the Democratic Party staff for more than nine years. Scarbro said in a statement he'll wait to step down this spring to give the Party leadership time to find a replacement and to help provide a smooth transition. According to a news release, an announcement about the new Executive Director will come in the near future.

Hunting and Fishing Show This Weekend

Outdoorsmen are looking forward to the weekend. At the Charleston Civic Center this weekend, those who love the outdoors will get together for the annual West Virginia Hunting & Fishing Show. Today through Sunday, more than 200 vendors, outfitters and exhibitors will have the latest in hunting and fishing gear, information and demonstrations. The hours are noon to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission price is $7 for adults and children 6 to 12 is $1. Children under 6 will be admitted free.

Charleston Gets a Natural Gas Filling Station

Ohio-based IGS Energy plans to build and operate a $10 million network of compressed natural gas fueling stations for vehicles along Interstate 79 from Charleston to Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. Charleston is one of four cities along the route that will have a fueling station, and the company's president says this will help serve a growing number of businesses and residents converting to natural gas vehicles. The company said the so-called CNG Fueling Corridor is the first of its kind since Marcellus shell drilling began to take off.

New Recycling Deal Starts Monday

Next week a private contractor officially takes over the recycling efforts at Kanawha County's Slack Street center. West Virginia Recycling Services will take over operations of the center from the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority on Monday, after signing a lease with West Virginia Recycling Services on Dec. 18. The agreement came after several months of debate over what to do about the county recycling program, and the Slack Street facility's state of disrepair. The Charleston Gazette reports the director of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will stay on under the new structure, and two current employees will keep their jobs. Three others will be laid off Friday, but might be rehired at a later date.

St. Albans Police Investigate Hit and Run

A 15-year old girl in St. Albans is expected to be okay after being hit by a van on her way to school Wednesday morning. St. Albans police said the girl was hit by a white van that fled the scene after hitting her, and she was able to make it to a friend's house to describe what had happened. They called for medical help and she was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston with non-life threatening injuries. The hit and run accident happened in Ordnance Park. Police are investigating.

Charleston School Needs a Name

A new Charleston Elementary school has yet to be named, and you can offer up your suggestion. The new school in Edgewood will be named this spring, and in the meantime the Kanawha County Board of Education is accepting recommendations. Submit your suggestion through a link on the main page of the Kanawha County Schools website by February 15th. There's also a community meeting coming up January 28th at Stonewall Jackson Middle School where parents can provide input.

7-11 Robber Arrested

A clerk at the 7-11 Store in Rand called Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies to report that he'd been robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday. The clerk new the man to be 26-year old Rand resident Gerald Maxwell Jr., and said after other customers left Maxwell pulled out a handgun and demanded the cash in the drawer. Once he got the undisclosed amount of cash he ran. Deputies searched the area but couldn't find him. Deputies were lifting fingerprints and viewing surveillance film when Maxwell returned and was arrested. Captain Sean Crosier tells us he told deputies, ""I saw a couple of you looking for me and you can't hide from the boys in blue."

Man faces charges after being caught with illegal gun

James Daugherty was just 16 years old when he was tried as an adult in a double murder case. He was found not guilty in the murder. Wednesday he was caught with an illegal gun, and WCHS TV reports he's a person of interest in another unsolved murder -John Rogers was found shot to death on railroad tracks last summer. There was a disturbance at the Nitro Walmart Wednesday morning and Dunbar police found a loaded gun in the car under Daughterty's seat. The serial number had been filed off, which police say can be a sign that it is stolen. Daugherty is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond.

JROTC Instructor Charged After Alleged Sexual Encounter

A JROTC instructor has been arrested after allegedly having sex with a female student. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says Martin Dale Kirby has been charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian. Kirby is an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor at George Washington High School, and he's accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student at the school that started in September 2010.

Company Pays After Sissonville Explosion

NiSource has paid more than $231,000 to reimburse the costs of fighting the fire that broke out in December after a pipeline explosion. The natural gas explosion burned part of Interstate 77 near Sissonville and destroyed 5 homes. There are reports that more than $165,000 from NiSource Inc. will go to the state Division of Highways to pay for repairs to a section of Interstate 77 that was charred in the blast. State and County agencies who responded will also be reimbursed. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the explosion.

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